The philosophy driving the school is one that seeks to bring people back to nature in a way that they are not starry-eyed tourists giving them, instead, a grounding in the ways of surviving in the natural world.
Smiling, he recalls “the first time I got fire with a fire stick it took me four hours. When I saw flame I felt what the first human must have felt, but here I am in the twenty-first century. I thought to myself, this is it! If I can share this knowledge with someone else and they can have that feeling, great.”
Partner in the process of building the school is Grahamstown local Siyabonga Mthathi (21). Mthathi is co-facilitator and responsible for teaching students about Xhosa culture. With time Engelbrecht hopes to train Mthathi up to a level where he will facilitate for Xhosa-speaking groups. The school’s aim is not to be exclusive but to educate people of all ages, backgrounds and racial groups as environmental issues are a universal human concern.
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